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Welcome to the exhilarating Rock Climbing Quiz!

Are you prepared to assess your grasp on this thrilling adventure sport and demonstrate your rock climbing prowess?

We’ve crafted gripping questions to challenge your rock climbing wisdom.

Just count your precise responses and compare them to our result chart to gauge your performance.

So, strap on your harness, chalk up your hands, and let’s discover if you can reach the summit of rock climbing trivia mastery!

Table of Contents

1. What type of rock climbing involves ascending a vertical rock face with the use of a rope?

  • A) Bouldering
  • B) Deep-water soloing
  • C) Sport climbing

2. What is the name of the knot often used to connect two rope ends together?

  • A) Clove hitch
  • B) Figure-eight knot
  • C) Double fisherman’s knot

3. In climbing terminology, what does the term “beta” refer to?

  • A) The second bolt on a sport climb
  • B) Advice or information on how to complete a route
  • C) The base of the climbing wall or rock

4. What does “lead climbing” mean in rock climbing?

  • A) Climbing without using any protection equipment
  • B) Belaying the climber from above
  • C) Climbing while periodically attaching protection to the rock

5. What essential climbing equipment is used as a personal anchor system and for rappelling?

  • A) Slings
  • B) Quickdraws
  • C) Carabiners

6. What is the term used for the process of cleaning the climbing holds on a bouldering problem?

  • A) Brushing
  • B) Buffing
  • C) Taping

7. Which of these indoor climbing wall types is used for practicing and refining climbing techniques?

  • A) Top-rope walls
  • B) Bouldering walls
  • C) Systems boards

8. What is the term for a rock climbing technique that involves using the feet to transfer weight and maintain balance?

  • A) Smearing
  • B) Edging
  • C) Flagging

9. What does the acronym “UIAA” stand for?

  • A) Union of International Alpine Associations
  • B) Universal Indoor Artificial Athletics
  • C) Union Internationale des Associations d’Alpinisme

10. Which type of climbing allows the climber to rest on their gear while ascending a route?

  • A) Free climbing
  • B) Aid climbing
  • C) Free solo climbing

11. What is the objective of “speed climbing”?

  • A) To climb a route as quickly as possible
  • B) To complete a route without stopping
  • C) To climb a route with a set number of moves

12. What is the term for the highest point on a rock climbing route that the climber can touch without reaching the top?

  • A) Apex
  • B) Summit
  • C) Highpoint

13. What type of climbing shoes offer the most sensitivity and allow the climber to feel the rock or holds?

  • A) Neutral shoes
  • B) Moderate shoes
  • C) Aggressive shoes

14. When climbing outdoors, what should always be worn to protect the climber’s head from falling debris or a potential fall?

  • A) A hat
  • B) A helmet
  • C) A hood

15. What is the name of the safety technique used by climbers to avoid injury while bouldering?

  • A) Spotting
  • B) Padding
  • C) Catching

16. Which rock climbing technique involves pulling on a handhold while simultaneously pushing down on a foothold?

  • A) Manteling
  • B) Opposition
  • C) Gaston

17. What is the purpose of using chalk in rock climbing?

  • A) To make the holds more visible
  • B) To increase friction and grip
  • C) To leave a route completion mark

18. Which of these rock formations is typically found in the famous Yosemite National Park?

  • A) Sandstone
  • B) Limestone
  • C) Granite

19. What is the name of the hanging loop of rope or webbing that creates a temporary anchor point for a climber?

  • A) Quickdraw
  • B) Belay loop
  • C) Runner

20. In what year was sport climbing introduced as an Olympic sport?

  • A) 2016
  • B) 2020
  • C) 2024

21. What is a popular rock climbing destination located in Kentucky, USA?

  • A) Red River Gorge
  • B) El Capitan
  • C) Joshua Tree National Park

22. What is the term for a climb that is considered so challenging that it has not been completed successfully?

  • A) Open project
  • B) Highball
  • C) First ascent

23. What is the primary function of a belay device in rock climbing?

  • A) To help the climber ascend the route faster
  • B) To create friction on the rope for controlled braking
  • C) To automatically catch the climber in case of a fall

24. What type of rock is typically favored by climbers due to its rough texture and positive holds?

  • A) Limestone
  • B) Granite
  • C) Sandstone

25. What is the term for a setting of climbing routes on artificial walls using color-coded holds?

  • A) Route creation
  • B) Problem solving
  • C) Route setting

26. Which of these devices is used to protect a climber from a fall by placing it into a crack in the rock?

  • A) Camming device
  • B) Quickdraw
  • C) Hexentric

27. When climbing, what is the primary function of a harness?

  • A) To secure the climber to the rope
  • B) To store climbing gear
  • C) To provide additional grip on the climbing shoes

28. What essential climbing skill involves descending a rope using a friction device?

  • A) Jugging
  • B) Rappelling
  • C) Prusiking

29. In traditional climbing, what is the term for the leader placing protection while the second climber follows and removes it?

  • A) Swapping leads
  • B) Clean leading
  • C) Swinging leads

30. Which of these techniques involves stepping on small footholds while the feet are perpendicular to the wall?

  • A) Smearing
  • B) Edging
  • C) Heel hooking

31. What is the term for the rope management technique used by the belayer to take in or let out slack?

  • A) Tugging
  • B) Paying out
  • C) Belaying

32. Which climbing technique involves rotating the body to reach a hold that is otherwise difficult to access?

  • A) Drop knee
  • B) Flagging
  • C) Crossing through

33. In bouldering, what is the term for the starting position where climbers have both hands on the first hold?

  • A) Sit start
  • B) Jump start
  • C) Match start


# of Correct Answers Percentage Range Label Description
0- 0-49% Armchair Athlete You've got some learning to do, but don't worry, there's always the next game!
- 50-64% Rookie Runner Not bad! Keep practicing, and you'll be a sports trivia champ in no time.
- 65-79% Midfield Maestro Impressive! You're getting closer to the top, keep up the good work.
- 80-94% All-Star Striker Wow, you really know your sports trivia! You're a force to be reckoned with.
-33 95-100% Legendary Champion Unbelievable! You're a true sports trivia master. Your knowledge knows no bounds!

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Nic Hilditch-Short, an English football enthusiast and former player, has a rich background in sports despite a knee injury that shifted their focus from football and skateboarding to climbing and hiking. Their early years were marked by their involvement in the Manchester skateboarding scene and playing football at a local and university level, influenced by their professional footballer father. After their injury, they transitioned to climbing and hiking, engaging in indoor bouldering competitions and enjoying outdoor climbs and hikes around the world, from the UK to Australia, New Zealand, and China. Their love for Arsenal football club has remained strong since 2001.

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